Just learning how to use an SLR? Is the multitude of settings a little overwhelming? Not sure how to use the manual modes?
Persevere! Don’t waste your SLR by using the automatic settings! Learn to shoot with the manual modes (Av, Tv, M) every time you pick up the camera. That’s what I did, and I’ve never regretted it. Yes, it was confusing at first, but once I got the hang of it, I’ve never used anything else.
Here’s a little chart I threw together for someone not too long ago that will help you get started. When you come across a specific shooting situation, move to the manual modes and use the formulas set out below. Experiment, keep experimenting, and experience the novelty of reciprocity!
For photographers with more experience, I’d like to hear your comments on how to make this document more accurate. What settings do you use for every-day shooting situations? What helps you the most when shooting in manual?